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How would you travel round Europe?

As soon as the clocks go back, and the sun breaks free of the low wintry clouds, and our stores open up for the day; we are bowled over by a stream of travel-starved people, with one thing on their minds: summer. And in particularly: Europe.

They want to know everything: from the best known places, to the trendiest, the cheapest, the sunniest, and the best.

And we impart all of our travel expertise; and we hand over their itineraries; and we quite often hear from these people as they’re travelling around Europe, soaking up the cultures and vibes that ebb and flow through the cities and villages of the world’s boldest, and most visited continent. And they love it!

So to get a headstart, I had a chat with one of STA Travel’s very own Product Managers, Laura.

Laura’s part of a team who are responsible for sourcing the most exciting experiences in the places you want to visit. This is one of the many reasons we can offer you such a wide variety of adventures, in places all around the world. But where would Laura recommend? I caught up with her to find out.

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High Five… Greek Islands!

So you’ve been blown away by Thailand’s beaches. You’ve caught some rays on Bondi. And you’ve sunbathed with the masses on Rio’s Copacabana. So what next?

How about staying a bit closer to home? Only a 3 hour flight away, Greece is glistening with over 6,000 islands and islets, around 227 of which are actually inhabited and bursting with awesome culture, out-of-this-world food, and beaches that are up there with the world’s best.

Greek Islands: you rock my world. I will raise my glass of Ouzo, and give you a massive High Five.

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Ask the Experts: where can I turn 30 in style?

Sometimes, there’s a travel question that just can’t be solved with a quick search on Google. The kind of question that leaves you starting angrily at your computer screen, or throwing your smartphone down in fit of rage, wishing there was a travel expert on hand at the end of an email.

Guess what? There is! And not just one expert, either. This week, we’ve got a panel of three of our most knowledgable travel experts, and they’re here to answer your pressing travel-related questions. In your face, Google!

This week, Laura from Bath has a question to get the Experts rifling through their little black travel books. Take it away, Laura!

My friends and I turn 30 next year (eek!) and we want to celebrate with a week somewhere a bit special. Where would you recommend going to party and recover in style? Laura in Bath

Excellent question, Laura! Experts, can you give Laura a 30th birthday to remember? Let’s find out!

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High Five… New Zealand’s Beaches!

What do you think of when you think of New Zealand? Mountains? Beautiful green landscapes? Lord of the Rings? Let me stop you right there. There’s so much more to New Zealand than greenery and hobbits. Take the amazing beaches, for example.

Yeah, that’s right, beaches! In New Zealand! Not only are they plentiful, they’re also totally awesome. And they deserve a massive HIGH FIVE!

From hot and sandy on the North Island to those on the edge of a luscious forest in the South, we’re counting down five of our favourite beaches in the land next to the land Down Under.

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Ask the Experts: Is Sri Lanka safe?

It’s that time of week again, people! Our Travel Experts are ready and waiting to answer your travel questions. This week’s little beauty comes courtesy of Ian in Leeds, as he wants to know more about that island in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka. Take it away, Ian:

I’m hearing a lot of talk about Sri Lanka; what are the Expert’s thoughts? Is it safe; and how long should I visit for? Ian in Leeds

Ooh, a good question, Ian. If you’ve got a question to get our Experts scratching their heads, drop us an email.

So, can our Experts put Ian’s mind at ease and convince him that Sri Lanka is the island for him? There’s only one way to find out – over to you, Experts!

Sarah Jones at STA Travel Covent Garden says…

Those that have visited Sri Lanka will agree on one thing, Ian: it is one of the most stunning places on the planet.

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